§ Mr. Craigen
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will clarify his intentions regarding the Police (Scotland) Bill which was withdrawn on 24th May 1977 in the last Session of Parliament; and if he will make a statement on his subsequent consultations with the federated ranks.
§ Mr. Harry Ewing
My right hon. Friend remains convinced of the need for legislation in this field and, although he has no immediate plans for the introduction of a Bill in the present Session, he is keeping the matter under review. This has been explained to the Police Advisory Board for Scotland, on which the Scottish Police Federation is represented.